Handicap Question – What is the Highest Handicap Index Allowed for Men and Women?
Whether you’re new to golf or you’re having a stretch of bad play, there is such a thing as a maximum Handicap Index allowed by the USGA. Allowed… but also recognized.
MEN: 36.4 (18.2N for a 9-hole)
WOMEN: 40.4 (20.2N for a 9-hole)
Keep in mind though that when you are computing your Course Handicap™ you could in fact have a number higher than the maximum Handicap Index. How does that work?
Simple example: Jane Doe has a Handicap Index max of 40.4 who is going to be playing a round at a course that has a Slope Rating® of 144 would result in a Course Handicap™ of 43.7.
(40.4 x 144 / 133 = 43.7)
So what happens if your Handicap Index is above the maximum? As a member of SOCAL Golfer we can manually update your Handicap Index by designating it with the letter “L”. This is for our local club use only but this would allow you to continue to track progress.
Unfortunately some tournaments will designate a maximum Handicap Index for their particular event which may result in you not qualifying. Some courses require a certain maximum Handicap Index as well.
This is all a part of continuing to learn, practice, and improve your game. If you’re not there yet… you’ll get there!
For more information, please visit Section 3-4 of the USGA Handicap System manual for further reference.
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